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Telecom dept directs ISPs to block 4,694 URLs containing child sexual abuse content

The Telecom Department (DoT) has directed internet service providers (ISPs) to block 4,694 URLs that contained material related to child sexual abuse, Parliament was informed today.Besides, instructions for blocking 1,791 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) including Facebook pages and YouTube videos have been issued by the DoT to ISPs in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.”DoT has directed ISPs to block the list of 4,694 URLs of child sexual abuse material as provided by Central Bureau of Investigation,” Sinha said.Also, a total of 2,133 URLs were blocked in order to comply with the directions of various courts in 2016 and 2017 (till November 30), he added.Sinha said ISPs implement blocking of internet websites/ URLs by using suitable technology.”However, at present, technically it is not feasible to block specific items or content contained in a particular URL/webpage,” he noted.In response to a separate query, Minister of State for Electronics and IT Alphons Kannanthanam said a total of 587, 964, and 1,329 URLs of social media websites/specific webpages were blocked in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively.”Further, a total of 632, 100 and 83 URLs of social media websites/web pages were blocked in compliance with the directions of the competent courts of India in 2015, 2016 and 2017 (up to November 30), respectively,” Kannanthanam said.The government does not regulate content appearing on social networking sites, Kannanthanam said adding that law enforcement and security agencies make searches on the Internet on specific case-to-case basis or as appropriate.”As per the data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 2,423 persons in 2014, and 3,137 persons in 2015 were arrested under combined sections of 66 and 66A of IT Act,” he said.Kannanthanam said there have been attempts from time to time to penetrate systems/devices of cyber networks operating in government and its personnel.”These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyberspace of a number of countries including China and Pakistan,” he said.Citing data from Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the minister said 44,679, 49,455, 50,362, and 40,054 cyber security incidents were observed during 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (till November), respectively.The types of cyber security incidents include phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware, denial of service attack etc, Kannanthanam added.CERT-In issues alerts and advisories regarding latest cyber threats/vulnerabilities and counter measures to protect computers on regular basis.Kannanthanam said 15 drills have so far been conducted by CERT-In to assess cyber security preparedness of organisations. About 148 organisations from different states and sectors such as finance, defence, power, telecom, transport, energy, space, IT/ITeS etc participated in these drills.A 24/7 security monitoring centre including NIC-CERT is also in place at NIC (National Informatics Centre) for detecting and responding to security incidents, he said.

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Five more minors rescued from Dixit Ashram branches

After Vijay Vihar in Rohini, members of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), the Delhi Police, and other authorities concerned conducted raids and rescued five more minors from suspected confinement in ashrams in Dwarka, Palam and Uttam Nagar on Saturday. Following this, the Delhi Police clarified that the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Rohini, from where 41 girls were rescued, is far from getting a clean-chit.Eight sites in Delhi, owned by the self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dixit, were identified for raids, after a raid on the Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in Rohini revealed a gory reality.DCW chief Swati Maliwal, who was present during the raid, said the same prison-like situation was found at the Mohan Garden site, where 21 girls were living in similar conditions. “The Ashram was smaller but prison like. The girls were kept locked. There were stacks of medicines and no registers were maintained. When questioned, all girls had evasive replies. Many girls are undergoing psychological treatment and have been shifted from the Vijay Vihar ashram,” she said.Maliwal added that locals told them that many girls were removed from the premises before the DCW’s visit. “The Baba is operating under complete secrecy and these Ashrams seem to be den of illegal activities. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should shut down these Ashrams and arrest the Baba. All girls should be rescued. Further, the CBI should also investigate the role of the police and political leaders in this matter. I am glad that rescue operations are being undertaken in other parts of the country as well. This Baba should be put behind the bars immediatelt,” the DCW chief said.Meanwhile, during a press conference, Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma said they have received complaints from parents of girls living in Vijay Vihar ashram a number of times. He said many inquiries were being done under the court’s supervision and in many cases, counter complaints by girls were also given.”In one case, the court had directed the police to provide protection to a girl living in the ashram and her parents were directed not to take her out of there forcefully. In another case, a victim was given liberty to live in the ashram, if she wished to. So far, two FIRs have been registered against this Ashram at the Vijay Vihar police station. Both matters are under investigation and statements of victims have been recorded,” Verma said.The Deputy Commissioner of Police further said that since the rescue of 41 girls, the police have visited the premises twice. “The matter is being probed as per directions from the High Court. The Delhi Police hace never given a clean chit to the ashram. The DCP concerned had visited the ashram earlier as well, on a complaint from a Rajasthan family that their daughter was forcefully confined there. The officer met their daughter personally,” he said.

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ED files chargesheet against businessman Gagan Dhawan

The Enforcement Directorate filed a chargesheet on Saturday against Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan in connection with a Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case.Additional Sessions Judge Sidharth Sharma, before whom the final report was filed by ED special public prosecutor Nitesh Rana, took cognisance of the document and posted the matter for hearing on January 3, 2018.Dhawan, who was arrested on November 1, was sent to judicial custody on November 15 by the court after the probe agency said he was not needed for further custodial interrogation.The ED had alleged that Dhawan had facilitated the directors of Gujarat-based pharma firm Sterling Biotech Ltd (SBL) in the purchase of several properties and helped in misuse and diversion of the credit facilities of several banks totalling Rs 5,000 crore.”Rs 1.5 crore was received by the accused from the SBL group. Prior to that, the amount of bank loans was rotated in various group companies of SBL group,” the ED had claimed.The ED registered the case against him after taking cognisance of the case filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the pharma firm, its directors and several other persons in connection with the alleged bank fraud case.On August 25, the ED officials raided Dhawan’s office and that of a former Congress MLA Sumesh Shokeen in money laundering case.The firm and Dhawan are also being probed for allegedly bribing senior income tax department officials as part of an earlier criminal complaint.The FIR has alleged that the total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on December 31, 2016.

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Congress backs Lalu Prasad Yadav, says alliance still strong

The Congress party on Saturday came out in support of convicted Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)-chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and dismissed any impact of the decision on its alliance with RJD. Congress leader Manish Tewari termed the Central Bureau of Investigation as “pet performing parrot” of the current government and said that Yadav and his lawyers are able enough to cope with the fight ahead.”This issue is not new, this began in 1993-94 and since then we had an alliance with the RJD. They were a part of UPA, we have also been together in the grand alliance… criminal matters and political alliances are two separates issues,” Tewari said during the party’s press briefing.The former union minister also questioned the double standards of the CBI and asked why was it not investigating the Srijan scam, that allegedly involves Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. “I want to ask the BJP why Srijan scam is not being investigated? The central charge was same in this case. Why there are different strokes for different folks,” Tewari said.Meanwhile, senior RJD leaders came out strongly against the BJP and its misuse of investigating agencies. The party’s spokesperson Manoj Jha slammed the agencies and said that legally admissible evidence was not considered and it was set aside. He said that the two most powerful people in the country are trying to intimidate them.”Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure: Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail, then scare them,” Jha said.Senior RJD leaders Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party will continue to fight the legal battle in the higher courts. Siddiqui asked why Lalu Prasad Yadav was being singled out even as Chief Ministers preceding him were also involved in this issue.”The case was on excess withdrawal from Deogarh treasury. Laluji has been charged with connivance as he was the finance minister then – the charge is not direct. The withdrawal had been taking place since 1977. There were several chief ministers who were in charge of the finance department when Laluji was not the finance minister or the chief minister so why is he being singled out?” said Siddiqui.Raghuvansh Prasad Singh said that the party had no alternative but to move to high court and continue the fight legally as well as politically. The CBI court will pronounce the punishment to Yadav on January 3 and he was taken to Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi.—With agency inputs.

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Case has reached logical conclusion, says IPS officer who probed fodder scam

With the conviction of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav and 15 others in a fodder scam case, 21 years after it had surfaced, an IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, who had probed the case, said the matter has reached a logical conclusion.Varun Sindhu Kul Kaumudi, who was on deputation to his home state Bihar at that time, had closely supervised the case as CBI SP of Animal Husbandry Scam Unit, Patna and had also filed the charge sheet in the case.Recalling the more than two decades-old case, Kaumudi said, “A truckload copies of documents was submitted to the special CBI court in Patna for providing to the accused within the time-frame fixed by the Supreme Court.” Kaumudi, a 1986-batch IPS officer, handled the the fodder scam probe before he was transferred back to Andhra Pradesh in 1998.Also readFrom Tejashwi Yadav to Ravi Shankar Prasad: Who said what after Lalu Yadav’s conviction in fodder scam”I was asked to arrest Lalu Prasad in another related case, but he surrendered in the court,” Kaumudi told PTI.Also readEven Mandela, Ambedkar are villains for some: Defiant Lalu Yadav after fodder scam convictionHe expressed happiness that the case has reached its logical conclusion after these many years.Kaumudi, currently an Additional Director General of Police in the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in New Delhi, also headed the investigation into another sensational case the Satyam Computers fraud as Inspector General, Crime Investigation Department of united Andhra Pradesh in 2009.Also readTimeline of fodder scam case which rocked Lalu Prasad Yadav’s political careerA special CBI court today convicted Lalu Prasad and 15 others in a fodder scam case, while acquitting six others including another former chief minister Jagannath Mishra. The court will pronounce the quantum of sentence on January 3.

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RJD cries foul over fodder scam verdict; alleges ‘conspiracy’ against Lalu Prasad

Moments after Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was found guilty by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in connection with the fodder scam, the party expressed its disappointment in the verdict, alleging conspiracy against him.”I believe in the judiciary, but in this case, the CBI was arranging prosecution. Legally admissible evidence provided by us were set aside,” RJD leader Manoj Jha said in a press conference here.Jha emphasised on the fact that some of the shreds of evidence they provided were set aside.”We believe in the judicial architecture and this is not the end of the road. The kind of evidence we have, we’ll get redressal at a higher court. Politically I know this regime, they have this typical Standard Operating Procedure: Try to make a deal with your opposition, if you fail, then scare them”, added Jha.Speaking about the “two most powerful people in India”, Jha asserted, “They are trying to scare and intimidate us and I want to tell them- Do whatever you want, your end has begun.”He also said the CBI has become a motorized parrot and the control mechanism in the hands of two most powerful people in the country.He claimed that Lalu became a victim of a well-webbed conspiracy, adding, “We believe the judiciary system and we will go in the court and clear everything and the truth will prevail.”The former Bihar chief minister was brought to Birsa Munda Central Jail after a special CBI court’s verdict.Fourteen others have also been found guilty, while seven accused have been acquitted, including former Bihar CM Jagannath Mishra.The court is scheduled to pronounce the quantum sentence on January 3, 2018, for the 15 guilty, including Lalu Prasad.Lalu has been convicted in the case relating to embezzling of more than Rs 89 lakh from the Deoghar Treasury between 1991 and 1994.Apart from Lalu, Mishra and 20 others accused were present in the court of special CBI judge Shivpal Singh.Justice Singh had completed hearing the case on December 13 and asked all accused in the case to remain present in court for the judgment.

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Verdict in fodder scam case will be milestone, says JD(U)

Janata Dal (United) leader Neeraj Kumar on Saturday said that the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court’s verdict in the fodder scam case will prove to be a milestone that will give a new direction to the current political scenario.”The verdict of Ranchi CBI court in fodder scam will prove to be a milestone against Lalu ji, who has become synonym with corruption,” Kumar told ANI.Former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav is an accused in the fodder scam that broke in 1996.Kumar noted that Bihar is known for its fight against corruption and is the land of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan.Hailing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to break the alliance with the RJD, he said today’s verdict will give a new direction to the current political scenario in the state.He also expressed confidence that the verdict will be against Lalu Prasad.This is one of the six alleged fodder scam cases against Lalu.However, Prasad is confident of getting justice in the case and has urged people of Bihar to maintain “calm and peace” after the judgement is delivered.A special CBI court in Ranchi will pronounce its verdict today in the case.The fodder scam case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 95 lakh from the Deoghar treasury from 1991 to 1994.Altogether, there were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the course of the trial and one turned CBI approver and admitted the crime.Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the fodder scam cases.

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Fate of Lalu Prasad in Rs 900 crore fodder scam to be decided today

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Ranchi will pronounce its verdict on Saturday in a fodder scam case in which former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad is an accused.The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, Prasad on Friday expressed hope that he would get a clean chit in the fodder scam case like other accused in the 2G and Adarsh scams.”We trust and respect the judiciary. We will not let BJP’s conspiracies work,” Prasad said.He said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments since the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee have been harassing him and his family by misusing the CBI for the past 25 years.Meanwhile, Prasad has reached Ranchi along with his son Tejashwi Yadav to hear the verdict.Also readED attaches Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rs 45-cr Patna plotThe fodder scam case relates to the alleged fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 95 lakh from the Deoghar treasury. Overall, more than Rs 900 crore was reportedly siphoned off from the Chaibasa treasury for two decades.Altogether, there were 34 accused in the case, out of which 11 died during the course of the trial and one turned CBI approver and admitted the crime. Former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra has already been convicted and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in one of the five fodder scam cases.

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CBI, ED to challenge special court’s verdict on 2G scam

Both the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will challenge the judgement acquitting former telecom minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and others in the 2G spectrum allocation case. Speaking to ANI, CBI spokesperson, Abhishek Dayal said “The judgment (of the special CBI court) relating to the 2G scam dated December 21, 2017 has been prima facie examined and it appears that the evidence adduced to substantiate the charges by the prosecution has not been appreciated in its proper perspective by the learned court.”Special CBI Judge O P Saini pronounced the judgement in the 2G scam which had rocked the UPA government.Also readIt’s a bad judgement, should be appealed in a higher court: Subramanain Swamy on 2G scam verdictBesides Kanimozhi and Raja, fifteen other accused in the case and three companies were also acquitted.”The CBI is taking necessary legal remedies in the matter,” he added.Also read2G scam verdict: Former CAG Vinod Rai owes Congress apology, nation explaination, says Kapil SibalIn its charge sheet filed in April 2011 against Raja and others, the CBI had alleged that there was a loss of Rs 30,984 crore to the exchequer in allocation of 122 licences for 2G spectrum which were scrapped by the Supreme Court on February 2, 2012.The court had in October 2011 framed charges against them under various provisions of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act dealing with offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, using as genuine fake documents, abusing official position, criminal misconduct by public servant and taking bribe.Also readDMK leader MK Stalin hails ‘historic verdict’ in 2G spectrum allocation caseAll the accused facing trial in these cases had denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and the ED.The special court of judge Saini also acquitted 19 accused, including A Raja and Kanimozhi in the ED’s money laundering case relating to the 2G scam.The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will also appeal against the judgement of Special CBI Judge O P Saini acquitting 19 people in the money laundering case, agency sources said. Sources said it has to be seen if the ED case has been rejected by the court merely because the predicate offence probe of CBI has been rejected or there were other reasons to do so.In its charge sheet, the ED had also named DMK supremo M Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal as an accused in the case in which it had alleged that Rs 200 crore was paid by Swan Telecom (P) Ltd (STPL) promoters to DMK-run Kalaignar TV.In its final report, the ED had named 10 individuals and nine companies as accused and listed them in the charge sheet for the offences under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

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Hanuman idol land: Delhi High Court orders probe

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to find out how the 108-feet Hanuman idol in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh was built encroaching public land.The HC bench has asked the investigating agency to find out civic officials under whose tenure the structure came up. Also, the court stressed that the enquiry be taken up in a fast-track manner and that officials of all concerned agencies, including municipal corporation, Public Works Department (PWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Land and Development Office and Mandir Marg police station, must join the probe.The court also asked the Delhi Police to handover to the CBI the documents of the enquiry conducted so far. “The fact that you (officials) have done nothing shows your culpability. It is high time that all public officers are held accountable,” the bench said.The trustees running the temple must not be permitted to reap the benefit of money derived from the public land, the court said and directed the concerned bank branch to freeze the accounts of the trust. The court further said the bank should only allow deposits and not withdrawals from the account.

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Andhra Pradesh: 18-year-old cinema theater’s watchman commits suicide

An 18-year-old watchman allegedly committed suicide by hanging on the premises of a cinema theatre where he was working at Rangampeta village, police said on Sunday. <!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>Also readBihar: Minor boy commits suicide after being forcibly married to elder brother’s widowPolice received the information about the incident last evening, a police official said.On reaching the spot, police found A. Chanti hanging in the booking room of the now-defunct theatre, he said.Also readOver 1200 farmers committed suicide in 5 months: Maharashtra govtChanti was living alone on the premises of the theatre, the official said, adding that further investigation is on.

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NIA takes over case of alleged ISIS sympathisers from Kerala police, books five people

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has lodged a case against five alleged ISIS sympathisers, hailing from Kerala’s Kannur district, the agency said today.The central probe agency said it took over the case from the Kerala police, which had booked the five men in October.The NIA case against the five was registered under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) for “being members of the proscribed terrorist organisation, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)/Daesh, and for supporting the organisation by travelling out of India to join the terrorist organisation in Syria and fight on its behalf.” The five accused are — Midhilaj (26), Abdul Rasak (34), Rashid M V (24), Manaf Rahman (42) and Hamsa U K (57).

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Man held for making hoax call to NIA

According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 14 December 2017 1:25 ISTMust readMy husband was sleeping, says wife of ‘molester’Crammed planes a global norm; experts say focus on etiquette<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Gamdevi police have registered a case against a 35-year-old man for allegedly making a hoax call to National Investigation Agency and Prime Minister’s office about the chemical attack in Gujarat during the election.According to the police, the NIA had received a call from an unknown person claiming that there would be a chemical attack in Gujarat during the election. Following the call, the central agency and other police authorities had begun the investigation and they found nothing suspicious and that the call was a hoax. The agency traced the call to Mira Road and identified the caller as Irshad Shaikh from Mira Road. A case was then lodged at the Gamdevi police station on Tuesday. According to sources, the central agency informed Maharashtra ATS and Shaikh was detained and handed over to Gamdevi police who are probing the matter. During the investigation, it revealed that he made the call to trap his business partner who had enmity with him. A case has been registered.

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The cops, however, claimed that the youth had fled from custody. After much hue and cry the five cops were suspended, and the state government transferred the senior cops out of Sangli district to avoid further flak. Five policemen were booked and arrested later on charges of murder and the case is being probed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). We have clearly told all the Police Station In-charge officers to shun use of third-degree on accused," said a senior police officer.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySomendranath Sharma <!–end of artlbotbor–>Wednesday 13 December 2017 2:03 ISTMust readLeopard’s day out at Andheri preschoolDNA EXCLUSIVE: Flooding may affect underground Metro<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Following the death of a 26-year-old-youth in police custody last month in Sangli district, the Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) office has issued a circular recently advising police officers to use scientific and forensic methods for interrogation and has urged the force to shun the use of third-degree torture in police custody. So far 12 cases of custodial deaths have been reported in the state this year.On November 8, Aniket Ashok Kothale, who was arrested on charges of robbery by Sangli district police, was allegedly beaten to death while in custody by five policemen including a police sub-inspector (PSI). Reports suggest that his body was burnt in Amboli Ghat to destroy evidence in Amboli Ghat. The cops, however, claimed that the youth had fled from custody. After much hue and cry the five cops were suspended, and the state government transferred the senior cops out of Sangli district to avoid further flak. Five policemen were booked and arrested later on charges of murder and the case is being probed by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). We have clearly told all the Police Station In-charge officers to shun use of third-degree on accused,” said a senior police officer.

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British national suspected of recruiting youth for Al-Qaeda sent to judicial custody

A Delhi court on Tuesday sent a British national, arrested for allegedly recruiting youths for Al-Qaeda to carry out terror activities, to judicial custody while extending the period of investigation by NIA by a month.The court sent the accused, Shamiun Rahman, who is of Bangladeshi origin, to prison after he was produced before it from the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) custody during an in-chamber proceeding, court sources said.It is also believed to have granted 30 more days to the NIA to complete its investigation after the agency moved an application seeking extension of the mandatory period of 90 days which ended today.27-year-old Rahman was arrested in September by the Delhi Police for his alleged involvement in recruiting Rohingya Muslims for the terror outfit and train them to fight against the Myanmarese army. The case was recently transferred from the Delhi police to the NIA.The accused had earlier moved an application before a city court through advocate M S Khan alleging that he was sexually harassed by the jail security personnel and inhuman behaviour was meted out to him by them.The court had sought a response from the jail authorities on that application.The Special Cell of the police had alleged that the process of radicalisation of Rahman alias Raju Bhai began in a jail in London where he was lodged on charges of rash driving.During this period, he stayed at various places in Kishanganj (Bihar), Hazaribagh (Jharkhand), NCR and other places, the Delhi police had claimed, alleging that the accused had plans to set up base in Mizoram or Manipur to train the radicalised youths.An FIR was filed by the special cell after his arrest under various provisions relating to the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Arms Act and Passport Act.

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Partha Roy Burman abduction case: Quantum of punishment to be pronounced today

The quantum of punishment for the abduction of Kolkata’s Khadim Shoes boss Partha Roy Burman will be pronounced on Monday. On December 8, Alipore Court held eight of them guilty in the abduction case. They are – Jalaluddin Mollah, Muzammil Sk, Md Ishad alias Dilshad, Tarique Mehmood, Noor Md, Arshad alias Aslam, Akhter and Mizanur Rahman.Of the eight convicted, three are Pakistan citizens. The second round of hearing in the case had been completed on November 27.In the first phase which was completed in 2009, five had been held guilty including Aftab Ansari. All had been sentenced to life. Later officials of West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) conducted raids in various parts of the country and arrested eight more accused and the second phase of the hearing was started. The case had been delayed owing to various reasons because of which the Supreme Court ordered its quick expedition after which it was taken up by a special court of Alipore Central Jail. Justice Arun Kiran Bandopadhyay had been hearing the case for about a month. In the second phase, there were 68 witnesses. All the accused were made to hear the statements of the witnesses and then the hearing of both sides continued.On July 25, 2001, Burman was on his way to the Bantala Leather Complex when he was abducted from Tiljala area in south Kolkata. Abductors demanded a ransom of Rs 20 crore and later it was negotiated to Rs 5 crore. Later, on August 3 that year, Burman was released and he returned to his family. On June 7, 2005 a charge sheet was filed.The investigation began and later the case was handed over to the CID.

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Delhi cops to have two wings

To make their crime investigation and law and order management more efficient, the Delhi Police will divide into two wings. After making the decision to bifurcate the force, the Ministry of Home Affairs has now directed Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to divide the police force into two units — Investigation and Law and Order.The move for the reshuffle came after the force failed in clearing the backlog of cases.DNA recently reported that the force could solve on average only about 33 per cent of cases till mid November. The ministry issued directions based on strong recommendations from the Bureau of Police Research and Development in this regard.Documents accessed by DNA show that in a recent letter to the office of the Commissioner of Police, the Ministry of Home Affairs conveyed the Centre’s approval for the creation of 4,227 posts — 1,409 sub/assistant sub inspectors, 1,409 head constables, and 1,409 constables — to be operationalised in two phases — 50 per cent posts in 2016-2017 and remaining posts in 2017-2018.This will facilitate the separation of crime investigations and law and order functions.The commissioner then approved the districts- or unit-wise allocation of 4,227 posts in two phases. The allocation of these 4,227 posts (3,645 posts of 1,215 teams, each of which would include a sub inspector, a constable and a head constable, along with 582 posts) has been made across various Delhi Police units. Notorious districts such as Rohini and northeast have the highest number of 510 posts each.Core investigative units such as the Crime Branch and Special Cell have been allocated six and three posts, respectively. Apart from this, north district got 132 posts, central 117, outer 414, east 459 and Shahadra 321. A copy of the letter has also been sent to Additional Secretary, MHA, all the Special Commissioners, Joint Commissioners, Additional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and other officers of the Delhi Police.SPLIT AND ACTConsidering its dismal show in clearing backlog of cases, the Home Ministry has directed the Delhi Police Commissioner to divide the force for better performance

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‘Her body was soaked in blood’: Kin of six-year-old raped and killed in Hisar

A six-year-old girl, who was raped and killed in Haryana’s Uklana area, was cremated today amid tight security, as the agitated locals protested over the gruesome crime.Some unidentified men had allegedly abducted the girl on Friday night when she was sleeping with her sister and mother in their home in a slum area. The men then raped and killed her, the police said.The doctors of Civil Hospital who conducted the post- mortem examination said that the accused inserted a wooden stick into the girl’s private parts, which ruptured her intestine.”When the body was handed over to us it was soaked in blood,” a kin of the girl told reporters here.Angered over the incident, the opposition parties, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Congress and the local residents demonstrated against the Manohar Lal Khattar led government, on the cremation ground.”The Khattar government is sleeping while incidents of rape and murder take place every other day,” senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said.Also readHaryana: 5-year-old girl allegedly raped, murdered; wooden stick inserted into her private partsFormer chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda while demanding an immediate arrest of the accused, said such barbaric incidents showed that law and order machinery in the state under the BJP government had collapsed.Things have come to such a pass that children were neither safe in their schools nor at homes, Hooda said.The barbaric incident was a chilling reminder of the December 16 gangrape case in Delhi in 2012 involving a young woman, he said.Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala and party’s Hisar MLA Kamal Gupta and other leaders were also present there.Also readIn 94.6% cases of rape, accused known to victim, says NCRBA case under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including murder, rape, kidnapping, besides, under the provisions of the POCSO Act has been registered.A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has also been formed to probe the incident. However, no arrest has been made in the case, said a police spokesman.The police is checking CCTV footage of the area to gather clues, he said.The incident came to light yesterday when passersby noticed the body of the girl on a deserted street, the police said.The victim’s family, who work as labourers, belong to the Sapera community hailing from Tohana town in Fatehabad district. They were living near railway lines in Uklana for the last couple of years.

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NIA arrests man assisting Lashkar-e-Taiba in J&K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a man from Jammu and Kashmir for his alleged activities related to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the country.The arrested person has been identified as Tauseef Ahmed Malik (25), a resident of Pulwama.The arrest has been made with the assistance of Jammu and Kashmir police.He was later produced in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Pulwama which granted his transit remand for four days.The accused will be brought to Delhi and produced before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House soon.The role of Tauseef came to light after Nayeem, who was arrested earlier by the NIA from Aurangabad, during his interrogation revealed his name.He has also remained in contact with Nayeem since March 2017 when the latter had visited Pulwama and stayed with LeT terrorists for three months.

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Babri mosque: The build-up to a demolition that shook India

Hindu mobs tore down the 16th Century Babri mosque in the holy city of Ayodhya on 6 December 1992.

SC says ‘sorry’ to woman for 13-year delay in commencement of criminal trial

The Supreme Court has made a candid admission and said it was “sorry” for the delay of over a decade in commencement of criminal trial due to two conflicting orders passed by a high court judge in a single day in two different but related cases.The apex court said this had created a “legal conundrum” as one order of the judge restricted further probe in the case while in the order, it allowed the investigation to go on.The case, which was stuck in legal tangles, had reached the apex court in 2009 and the woman, who had initially lodged the complaint in 2004 against her own brothers over alleged grabbing of her shop, had now passed away and was represented by her legal representative.Also readSupreme Court yes to Hadiya ‘freedom’ pleaA bench of justices R K Agrawal and Sanjay Kishan Kaul said, “we are sorry to note that such a confusion has caused more than a decade’s delay in even the criminal trial commencing” and allowed the appeals of the woman.In 2004, Shyam Lata, a resident of Roorkee in Uttarakhand, made a written complaint to the SSP of Haridwar alleging that her two brothers forged documents and signatures and claimed she had give her shop on rent to them.A criminal case was lodged against her brothers alleging that they had prepared a fictitious rent receipt by forging the woman’s signatures and left its photocopy at her house for laying a false claim of tenancy.On other hand, one of her brothers filed a civil suit seeking to restrain her from evicting him from the premises, claiming himself as a tenant of the shop on the basis of the alleged forged rent receipt.The complaint was probed by the police and the investigating officer (IO) applied to the civil court for sending the rent receipts filed by the brother to an expert for comparison of signatures.The civil court denied the permission but modified the relief by allowing taking of photographs of the signature by a handwriting expert for the purpose of comparison.However, when the handwriting expert from the forensic laboratory of Agra reached the court to take pictures, the permission was allegedly denied by the court.This resulted in the IO filing the final report saying in the absence of permission to get the signatures, there was no evidence to find that the signatures were forged.The woman then raised objection to the IO’s final report and simultaneously challenged the denial of permission by the civil court to the handwriting expert before a sessions court.The sessions court allowed the plea of the woman and directed for sending the entire case record to the judicial magistrate, Roorkee, so that the required photographs may be taken and further investigation takes place.The sessions court order was now challenged by the brother before the high court while parallely the judicial magistrate where the woman had filed objections to the final report of IO, allowed her plea and directed for further probe.This order of the judicial magistrate directing the police for further probe was also challenged by the brother in the Uttarakhand High Court.Now, two petitions were before the high court which were heard simultaneously and were decided by the judge in two separate judgements on the same date in 2006.In one verdict, the high court modified the sessions court order and directed that the IO should be present before the civil court along with a handwriting expert on a fixed date to take photographs of the disputes as well as specimen signatures of the woman.Virtually, this order allowed the police to proceed further in the investigation.However, in the second verdict, the high court judge set aside the order of judicial magistrate directing the police to further probe into the case.While deciding the matter, the apex court bench said that there is no doubt about the “confusing nature of contradictory orders” passed by the high court.It said that high court’s first verdict allowing the handwriting expert to take picture of signatures would in “natural corollary” mean that further investigation will be carried out.The top court held that the second verdict of the high court setting aside the order of judicial magistrate was not required at all. PTI MNL ABA SJK RKS
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Hadiya case | Brinda Karat slams NIA for interrogating couples in inter-community marriages

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat has accused the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of being out on a “fishing expedition” in Kerala and interrogating couples in inter-caste or inter-community marriages.The party’s politburo member said instead of celebrating inter-caste and inter-community marriages as “symbols of India s open and liberal approach”, there was a campaign against them.”The NIA is on a fishing expedition having already interrogated 89 such couples in Kerala,” Karat said in the latest issue of party organ ‘People’s Democracy’, while referring to the Hadiya case.Also readKerala love jihad case: Hadiya was very happy after talking to her husband over phone, says college deanShe was critical of the central agency’s role in probing such marriages, referred to as “love jehad” by Hindutva forces.”An agency whose proclaimed mandate is to investigate offences related to terrorism has now expanded its mandate by order of the Supreme Court to unearth so-called conspiracies of Muslim men luring Hindu women into marriage and forcibly converting them with the aim of joining the Islamic State,” she said in the article.Also readWant to meet my husband, hope authorities will allow: Hadiya after reaching collegeThe underlying assumption, she said, was that Hindu women who married Muslims had “no minds of their own”.”Her (Hadiya’s) case reveals how deeply the current climate created by sectarian ideologies based on a narrow reading of religious identity has pushed back women’s rights to autonomy as equal citizens. From the government to the courts, to the strengthening of conservative and regressive thinking and practice, it’s all out there in Hadiya’s case,” Karat wrote.She also hailed Hadiya’s unequivocal stand in court.”It was the courage of her conviction that stood out. She wanted to be treated as a human being. She wanted her faith to be respected. She wanted to study. She wanted to be with her husband. And, most importantly, she wanted her freedom,” the former Member of Parliament said.Karat said she appreciated the Supreme Court “for not allowing itself to be converted into a khap panchayat” and charged the NIA counsel supported by the legal counsel of the Central government with portraying it as a case of “indoctrination and brainwashing in a conspiracy of ‘love jehad’ which they claimed rendered Hadiya incapacitated and invalidated her consent”.”The NIA wanted the court to study the documents it claimed it had as evidence before they heard Hadiya. For one and a half hours, this young woman stood in open court hearing arguments about herself, against herself and her chosen partner. It was shameful, humiliating and set an unfortunate precedent,” she said.The Left leader emphasised that Hadiya’s case brought into focus the right to practise and propagate the religion of one s choice under the Constitution.Karat expressed the hope that the apex court would “act in a way which strengthens women s rights unencumbered by subjective interpretations of tradition and communal readings of what constitutes national interest”.Hadiya had said in the apex court last week that she wanted to go with her husband, Shafin Jahan.The 24-year-old Kerala woman had converted to Islam, changing her name from Akhila to Hadiya, and married Jahan.The marriage was challenged by her parents in court.Jahan moved court after their marriage was annulled by the Kerala high court and against the high court court s order directing the NIA to probe the case.The Supreme Court last week allowed Hadiya, till now in the custody of her parents, to resume her studies at a homoeopathy college in Salem, Tamil Nadu.
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Med colleges scam: NGO fined Rs25L, plea junked

The Supreme Court Friday dismissed another plea for a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the alleged judicial corruption in allowing admissions in blacklisted medical colleges.Dismissing the plea filed by the Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms (CJAR), a NGO that spearheads the movement for transparency in judiciary, the bench comprising Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar also imposed a cost of Rs 25 lakh on the petitioner.The court had earlier dismissed a similar plea, which made similar allegations, filed by senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal. The petition had claimed that allegations of bribery were levelled for securing favourable orders in cases relating to medical colleges. This is the same case in which retired Orissa HC judge IM Quddusi is also an accused.In an FIR, the CBI had named several persons, including Justice Quddusi, Lucknow-based Prasad Institute of Medical Sciences’ chairman BP Yadav, his son Palash Yadav and three others.
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CBI books 5 DoPT officials for siphoning of funds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked five Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) officials, including Under Secretary Sanjay Mehta, and four companies for siphoning off Rs 18.17 lakhs through fraudulent ways of issuance of sanction orders and bills. The agency also carried out raids at 11 premises of the accused officials and private persons in the National Capital Region.The agency had registered a case against Under Secretary Sanjay Mehta, Section Officer Hemant, Assistant Section Officer RK Arora, Section Officer Vijay Pal and Assistant Section Officer Mahendra Singh, all posted in the Training Section of DoPT, on charges of cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal Code. The agency has also booked Ashok, a data operator, and five private companies — Institute of Public Administration, Institute of Public Science, Kavita Ahluwalia, Kapil Book Stories and Sahej Trading Corporation — in the same the case.According to the CBI official, all the accused were booked after a complaint from DoPT Director (Training) VK Sinha on September 9. Sinha in the complaint alleged that the DoPT officials had siphoned off government funds through fraudulent sanction orders.The DoPT carried out an internal inquiry after they received a complaint of financial irregularities. During inquiry they found that out of total 67 payments made during 2017 under Training for All schemes amounting to Rs 9.21 crore, eight bills amounting to Rs 18.17 lakh were fraudulently issued in the name of five vendors. On further enquiry, the DoPT found that the three bills were were fraudulently issued last year also.Thereafter, all the suspected accused persons are placed under suspension.

Medical bribery: SC reserves SIT order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court reserved on Monday its order on a plea seeking a court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) in the medical bribery scam matter which involves judges from the higher judiciary.After hearing arguments submitted by Attorney General KK Venugopal and advocate Prashant Bhushan — who represents the NGO Campaign for Judicial Accountability and Reforms which filed the petition, a special bench comprising Justices RK Agrawal, Arun Mishra and AM Khanwilkar reserved the order for December 1.Venugopal had submitted that the PIL as misconceived and called the arguments made by Bhushan — who said that he wanted to protect the independence of the judiciary, disingenuous.Bhushan said that all aspects were not covered by the apex court its earlier verdict — when it had junked a similar petition filed by senior advocate Kamini Jaiswal, that he has filed this petition to save the “dignity, independence and integrity of the judiciary.”Earlier this month, Bhushan’s CJAR and Jaiswal had filed identical petitions on two consecutive days causing an uproar in the apex court. During their arguments, both petitions categorically sought the recusal of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra who had deliberated on matters where Prasad Education Trust – one of the petitioners, is also an accused in the medical scam case which the CBI is probing.In short order, the top court had junked Jaiswal’s petition calling the attempts made by her and Bhushan as “forum-shopping, contemptuous, unethical, derogatory.” The bench, however, had stopped short of initiating contempt of court proceedings against them, in the interest and “welfare of the great institution.”‘MISCONCEIVED’Attorney General KK Venugopal said the PIL demanding an SIT was “misconceived”. He called the argument that the PIL wanted to protect the independence of the judiciary as “disingenuous”

Kerala ‘Love Jihad’ case: Hadiya to appear before Supreme Court, present her side of story

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Kerala-based woman Hadiya, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, will on Monday appear before the Supreme Court and present her side of the argument on her alleged forced conversion to Islam. On the last date of hearing, the Supreme Court had asked Hadiya’s father to produce her before it.On Sunday, Hadiya told reporters at Cochin Airport that she hadn’t been forcefully converted. “I have not been forcefully converted. I want to live with my husband Sheffin Jahan.” The 25-year-old is currently living with her parents who have alleged that her marriage to Muslim man was ‘forced’ The top court had on August 16 said it would speak to the woman in-camera before taking a final decision on the matter.It has later modified the order saying “We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court.”The apex court had earlier observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained amid an assertion by National Investigation Agency (NIA) that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage.The NIA had referred to “psychological kidnapping” and said that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent.It had also alleged that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.He had moved the top court after the Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

Vyapam medical scam: CBI chargesheets 592

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Thursday, filed chargesheet against 592 people in the multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, wherein medical seats were allotted in large scale by four private colleges in defiance of all laid out norms and guidelines issued by the Centre, state government, and the Supreme Court.The colleges, according to the chargesheet, also violated the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Also the agency has written to Madhya Pradesh to take proper action against 229 students who took admission in these colleges violating all laws and paid hefty amount from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 1 crore.The charge-sheet lists promoters of three private medical colleges from Bhopal – JN Choksey, chairman of LN Medical College; SN Vijaywargiya of People’s Medical College and Ajay Goenka of Chirayu Medical College; and one from Indore – Suresh Singh Bhadoriya of Index Medical College – among others. The charge-sheet was filed in connection with CBI’s probe into the PMT 2012 examination.Also four former Vyapam officials are named in the chargesheet and they are identified as Pankaj Trivedi, the then director of Vyapam, Nitin Mohindra, the then Sr Systems Analyst, Ajay Kumar Sen, the then Deputy Systems Analyst and CK Mishra, the then programmer.According to the agency, which took over the case in 2015, 245 have been chargesheeted for the first time, as well as 22 officials of these private medical colleges. This include 143 engine and bogey candidates (impersonator and candidate), 17 guardians, 22 middlemen, and 46 exam invigilators.Explaining the modus operandi, the CBI officials said middlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates to take examination in alleged connivance with certain Vyapam officials.In this, a bright candidate (who had already taken coaching to prepare for the test and is well versed with the examination pattern) would be alloted a roll number just ahead of a not-so-bright aspirant so that the latter could cheat from him, they said.MODUS OPERANDIMiddlemen followed an engine-bogey system for pairing of candidates in connivance with certain Vyapam officials.
The middlemen were charging anything between Rs 15 and 20 lakh for this pairing
The bright candidate would act as engine and the other as the bogey.

Indrani Mukerjea’s plea for Peter’s call records rejected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its reply to Indrani Mukerjea’s application seeking call data records of Peter, on Thursday, claimed that the application was filed with malafide intentions to divert the court’s attention from the deposition of her driver, Shyamvar Rai.The CBI, and the accused, Peter Mukerjea, on Thursday, filed their reply on the application filed by Indrani Mukerjea, in which she accused Peter and her driver Syamwar Rai, an accused turned approver, of allegedly being involved in the sudden disappearance of her daughter Sheena Bora. Peter claimed that Indrani’s move is with an ulterior motive to defame him. Indrani in her application had sought for the call data records (CDR) of Peter so as to establish the claim as alleged in her application. The CBI claimed that there is sufficient evidence available on records to prove the allegations against Indrani and other accused persons including the role played by each accused in the commission of offence.Peter’s lawyer in his reply said,”The allegations made by Indrani are completely false and per say defamatory to the knowledge of Indrani herself.

Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: NIA files status report in Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The NIA has filed in the Supreme Court its status report on the ongoing probe in an alleged ‘love jihad’ case in which a Kerala-based woman had converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man.The status report has been filed in a sealed cover as a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra would take up the case for hearing on November 27, when the woman would be brought before it for an interaction. The top court had on August this year directed National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the controversial case of conversion and marriage of the woman.Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. The NIA had earlier alleged in the court that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported. It had alleged that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The apex court had yesterday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the woman’s father, who had urged that interaction with his daughter be conducted in-camera, while referring to the communally sensitive nature of the case and expressed apprehension that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family. The court had then said it would deal with the plea on November 27 itself when the woman is brought before it. The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Jahan was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS. This allegation was refuted by Jahan’s counsel.

Ryan school murder: Bus conductor Ashok Kumar walks free from Bhondsi jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ryan school bus conductor Ashok Kumar walked free from Bhondsi jail on Wednesday, a day after Gurugram court granted him bail in the sensational murder case of Pradyuman Thakur.Earlier on Tuesday, the High Court judge granted bail to the bus conductor due to ‘lack of evidence’. The decision was made after the CBI failed to submit incriminating evidence against Ashok that could directly connect him to the case.”The bail was granted under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has the right to personal liberty and life,” said Advocate Anil Sharma, who was present in the court on behalf of Ashok’s lawyer Mohit Verma.However, the victim’s family had opposed to giving bail to Kumar, stating that the investigation is not over yet. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is now handling the probe, had also stated that they have not given a clean chit to anyone as of now.On Monday, the CBI submitted the DNA sample report in the Gurugram court. The report stated that the blood samples recovered from Ashok’s shirt by the Haryana Police did not match with that of the murdered child.Meanwhile, a Class 11 student was arrested in connection to the sensational Ryan School murder case.Ashok was accused of murdering a Class II student, Pradyuman Thakur, in a Gurugram school.The seven-year-old was found dead in the washroom of Gurugram’s Ryan School International with his throat brutally slit on September 8.

Love jihad case: Supreme Court refuses urgent hearing for in-camera proceedings

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to accord urgent hearing on a plea filed by the father of a Kerala-based woman, who converted to Islam before marrying a Muslim man, that interaction with the woman be conducted in- camera.A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said that it will deal with this plea on November 27 itself when the woman would be brought before it for interaction.The counsel for Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, sought an urgent hearing on his plea saying that it would become infructuous if the earlier order mandating open court interaction is not modified.The apex court had on October 30 directed that the woman be produced before it on November 27 for an interaction in open court.Asokan referred to the communally sensitive nature of the case and sought in-camera interaction on some grounds including that radical elements could jeopardise the safety and privacy of his daughter and the family.The top court had on August 16 said it would speak to the woman in-camera before taking a final decision on the matter.It has later modified the order saying “We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court.”The apex court had earlier observed that the free consent of a major to marriage has to be ascertained amid an assertion by National Investigation Agency (NIA) that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage.The NIA had referred to “psychological kidnapping” and said that an indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent.It had also alleged that there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” indulging in indoctrination and radicalisation and 89 such cases have been reported.The NIA had claimed that this was a case in which the woman was indoctrinated and hence the court could invoke parental authority even if she was a major.The counsel for her father had earlier claimed that Shafin Jahan, the alleged husband of the woman, was a radicalised man and had links with persons who used to recruit for ISIS.The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.He had moved the top court after the Kerala High Court had annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel abroad for daughter’s admission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a relief to P Chidambaram’s son, Karti Chidambaram Supreme Court on Monday allowed him to travel to UK from December 1 to 10. Karti is currently facing CBI probe in the case of FIPB clearance to INX media. According to reports, Karti wants to travel to UK to admit his daughter in Cambridge university. However, SC has imposed certain conditions on Karti’s travel. If Karti Chidambaram is allowed to travel abroad, we fear he may not return, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme court last week. Sharing their apprehension, the CBI, through its counsel additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, opposed Chidambaram’s appeal to travel to Cambridge to attend a lecture and a meeting.Mehta’s submission cane after the bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, perused a report by the agency, highlighting material found during the investigation. “The incident in June-July coupled with the vehemence with which he insists on going again inspires no confidence,” Mehta told a bench that also consisted Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

Ryan case: CBI doubts ‘exam delay’ theory as accused good in studies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While probing the Ryan murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started questioning its own theory that the accused, a Class XI student of the Ryan International School, killed seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur so that the exams could be postponed. The agency has doubts about this line of investigation as the accused has an excellent academic record.Earlier, the agency had said that during the interrogation, the accused had revealed that he killed Pradyuman to”postpone the examination and the parents-teacher meeting”.Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination.”The motive behind the murder is not completely convincing,” a senior CBI officer said.The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there.”Buying a knife, randomly picking a junior student, and slitting his throat in the school premises is just unconvincing,” said a senior officer, adding that the deceased might have witnessed something objectionable, which eventually led to his murder.”The motive looks like a smokescreen. The real motive is something else,”the officer added.Meanwhile, the CBI has rejected the Haryana police’s investigation, which pointed at school bus conductor Ashok Kumar as the accused. CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma has ordered a probe into the destruction of evidence by four police officers, including the Superintendent of Police working with the Haryana government.Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers and are trying to piece together the way the evidences in the case were destroyed and new evidences were planted to frame the bus conductor.The agency, however, has remained silent on Kumar’s bail application. The matter will be heard in a Gurugram court on Monday. Surprisingly, last week, Pradyuman’s father Barun Thakur, through his counsel Sushil K Tekriwal, also opposed the bus conductor’s bail plea, saying that since the CBI had not given him a clean chit, he should not be given bail’NO REASON TO FEAR’Sources said the suspect, who was actually a good student, had no reason to fear the examination The investigators are now trying to ascertain whether the accused was the only person involved or anybody else was also there. Also, the agency sleuths have collected the call details records of all four police officers.

No end to woes of Sasikala and her extended kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death of former former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa last year has sent her close aide Sasikala’s fortunes on a downward spiral.From her conviction along with two relatives in the disproportionate assets case to losing control over the AIADMK government, Sasikala’s family has hit a rough patch. It’s also facing the heat with more court cases and raids.Key members of her family include Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan, nephews T TV Dinakaran and V N Sudhagaran, her brother Divakaran, and her deceased brother’s wife J Ilavarasi.So far, seven of her family members are facing a jail sentence and court cases against other family members are in the advanced stages of hearing. Sasikala, her sister-in-law Ilavarasi and her nephew VN Sudhakaran were sentenced to four-year imprisonment in the Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate assets case in February when the Supreme Court upheld the trial court verdict.The apex court ruling coincided with the rebellion led by her one-time loyalist O Panneerselvam. This saw her being sidelined in the party and the government, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi actively backing it.On Friday, Sasikala’s ailing husband M Natarajan, who underwent a dual-organ transplant last month, was sentenced to two years in jail along with his nephew V Bhaskaran and three others in a luxury car import case.The Central Bureau of Investigation charged Natarajan and four others for importing a Lexus car in 1994 by declaring it as a used car to evade an import duty of Rs 1.6 crore.Sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran’s sister Sreedaladevi and her husband Bhaskaran were also convicted in a disproportionate assets case.Dinakaran has been asked by the ED to pay a fine of Rs 28 crore for violation of rules governing foreign exchanges. The move has now been confirmed by Madras HC.To compound their woes, the Sasikala family is facing a new trouble through the Income Tax searches that were conducted on 187 premises across the country, unearthing documents showing undisclosed investments to the tune of Rs 1,430 crore.

NIA registers case in killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA has registered a case in connection with the killing of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana, nearly a month after the Punjab government decided to hand over the investigation to the central probe agency.Gosain, 60, was returning home after attending a morning drill (RSS shakha) when he was attacked by two unidentified bike-borne assailants in Ludhiana last month. He died on the spot while the attackers fled.Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had decided to hand over the probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) while announcing Rs 5 lakh compensation for the deceased’s family and a government job for one of his progeny.The NIA, in compliance of the Ministry of Home Affairs order, has re-registered the case under sections 10, 12 and 13 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, sections 302 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and section 25 of the Arms Act at Jodhewal police station on Thursday, the spokesman said.An NIA team from New Delhi has reached Ludhiana to take over the investigation.On October 17, two unidentified persons killed Gosain, Chief of Raghunathnagar Shakha of Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Ludhiana, while he was sitting outside his house.Initially, a three-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Gagan Ajit Singh was formed by the state government to probe the case.Gosain, who lost his wife to cancer some years ago, is survived by four children.The killing of the RSS leader was the latest in a series of murderous attacks on right-wing and religious leaders in Punjab. This was the eighth such incident in the state since 2016.

SC seeks explanation on Tej Pratap photo with slain scribe’s ‘killer’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a report within four weeks on photographs in which former Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Singh was seen with the accused in the Rajdeo Ranjan murder case.The bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra passed the orders on the plea filed by Asha Ranjan, wife of the slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. The slain journalist’s widow had demanded an FIR against Tej Pratap for “conspiracy and harbouring and sheltering the proclaimed offenders” in the murder case.Ranjan, a journalist with a Hindi daily was shot dead in May 2016, allegedly at the behest of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Mohammad Shahabuddin.The photograph in question shows Mohammed Kaif, another accused in Ranjan’s murder along with Tej Pratap — son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. Kaif, alleged to be the sharpshooter for Shahabuddin, was absconding when the photographs surfaced.The Bench, that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, directed the probe agency to find out the progress made by the police in its investigation into the photos.The court further ordered advocate ARM Pandey, Ranjan’s counsel, to give the CBI copies of the transcript of the news conference held by the Siwan police chief where he has assured an investigation into the photographs.”It was expedient on the part of the Siwan Superintendent of Police to file an FIR… he miserably failed to take action. Kaif is now on bail… Both Kaif and Javed (another accused in the Ranjan case) were remanded only after the writ petition was filed in the SC,” Pandey submitted.Pander said serious action should be taken against Tej Pratap for “harbouring and screening” offenders. However, responding to the submissions, Tej Pratap’s counsel submitted that his client was attending a public function where a “man came up and gave me a bouquet of flowers.”Representing the probe agency, Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, “investigation is yet to begin.” He further added that “the moment I (meaning Yadav) came to know, I should have informed the police. I will have to investigate harbouring.”To this, Tej Pratap’s counsel responded: “Nobody says that I was seen with Kaif prior to the murder.”Tej submissionResponding to the submissions, Tej Pratap’s counsel submitted that his client was attending a public function where a “man came up and gave him a bouquet of flowers.”

JNU: Theories abound as CBI, cops, probe on Najeeb gets nowhere

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday filed a status report on missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed’s case. Najeeb Ahmed’s case took several interesting turns in the last one year, with the Delhi Police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday reaching a stand-off after the latter rejected formers’ claim that Ahmed was last seen boarding an autorickshaw from his hostel and was dropped at the Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI).Ahmed (28), a first year MSc student, had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel on October 15 last year, following an alleged scuffle with some members of BJP-affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the previous night.Initially, the Delhi Police had claimed that Ahmed was taking treatment for depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and his medical condition could be responsible for his disappearance. They had also said that he might have taken up an assumed identity and might be living in a secluded place, to distance himself from everyone. The family, however, had confirmed that Ahmed was suffering from insomnia, but they denied any mental illness angle.In November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI, where he used to live before shifting to the JNU hostel.The case again took a turn when a letter was delivered at the Mahi-Mandvi hostel from Aligarh by a woman, who claimed to have spotted Ahmed. The woman had claimed that Ahmed had approached her in a market seeking help. But when the crime branch officials reached the address mentioned in the letter, no one could be found.Later, the Delhi Police said that Ahmed was seen in Darbhanga district of Bihar and a team was also rushed to trace him. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung’s office had also said that he was last seen in Bihar, However, it was later turned out to be a false alarm.In January, the Delhi Police also arrested a man for allegedly making a ransom call to Ahmed’s family and demanding Rs 20 lakh from them.MULTIPLE ATTEMPTSIn November last year, the Delhi Police Crime Branch, which was investigating the matter, had stated that it had interrogated an autorickshaw driver that ferried him from JNU to JMI. After multiple failed theories put forth by the Delhi Police’s crime branch, the Delhi High Court had transferred the case to the CBI on May 16.

Najeeb Ahmed case: CBI rejects cops’ theory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has rejected the Delhi Police’s theory that the missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student, Najeeb Ahmed, took an auto to the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) hours before he went missing, the counsel for his mother Fatima Nafees has said.Speaking to DNA, Pallavi Sharma, one of the counsels appearing for Nafees, said the status report, which was submitted to the Delhi High Court in a sealed cover, stated that the auto driver confessed to the CBI that he pressurised by the Delhi Police to say that Najeeb boarded his auto.The status report was given to the counsels for their perusal for a brief time and was thereafter returned to Nikhil Goel, the counsel appearing for the CBI. Goel had refused to give a copy to the petitioner’s counsel because of the concern that it might be leaked to the media. The issue, however, was not discussed during the court proceedings.Najeeb, 27, a student of MSc Biotechnology, had gone missing from the Mahi-Mandvi hostel of JNU on October 15, last year, following a scuffle with some other students, allegedly affiliated to student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The CBI took over the case on May 16, 2017, as Delhi Police had remained clueless for seven months to trace the student, who hailed from Badaun in Uttar Pradesh.”The court has heard the submissions of the parties. The status report filed reflects the future steps taken by the CBI in the matter. The court does not consider it appropriate to discuss the details set out in the status report,” a bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehtra said.In the status report, the CBI said it was awaiting the forensic results of the mobilephones of nine JNU students, which were seized in connection with the probe. The CBI informed the court that their investigation was underway and mobile phones of the nine suspect students has been sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), whose report is pending.He added that considering the sensitive nature of the case, it would be difficult for them if the media reported about it. He also sought in-camera proceedings. The court, however, said the decision would be taken on the next date of hearing, i.e December 21.The senior advocate, appearing for Najeeb’s mother, questioned why did the CBI not arrest the students to extract information, claiming that it was a political abduction.On this, the court said:”We cannot put unnecessary pressure on the probing agency.We completely understand the anxiety and tension of the parents,” the bench said.

Sex racket at hotel busted, manager, 1 other held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manager of Kaveri Hotel in Thakkarbapanagar and an employee were arrested on Sunday night after a team of G division of ACP and Krishnanagar police raided the spot and busted a sex racket.Two women, native of West Bengal and living in Vastral here, were rescued from the spot. It was revealed during police investigation that the hotel was owned by Bhavesh Rao of Bapunagar and he has been absconding since the raid.Krishnanagar police said acting on specific information that a sex racket was operating from the premises, a dummy customer was sent to the spot.After the information was found to be true, the team raided the spot around 9.30 pm and nabbed the hotel manager identified as Ganesh Prajapati and employee Dilip Rao.VR Chaudhary, PI of Krishnanagar, said, “The racket was operating from the hotel for the past couple of months. Further investigation revealed that the hotel employees used to take Rs 1,000 from customers and pay Rs 300 to women. The hotel rooms were provided to customers and the girls were sent to their room.”A case has been registered and further investigation is on. Police said the hotel owner would be nabbed soon.REVELATIONSTwo women, native of West Bengal and living in Vastral here, were rescued from the spot. It was revealed during police investigation that the hotel was owned by Bhavesh Rao of Bapunagar and he has been absconding since the raid. A case has been registered and further investigation is on.

90% dip in stone-pelting incidents: J&K DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Call it National Investigation Agency (NIA) or demonetization effect, stone pelting has dropped by 90 percent in the restive Kashmir valley this year.Data available reveal there were over 2,000 incidents of stone pelting last year which has dipped to 700 till August-end this year. Over 1,000 CRPF men were injured in stone pelting last year. This year, 720 stone-pelting incidents were reported from different parts of Kashmir till August-end, in which 331 CRPF men were injured. The figures exclude thousands of policemen injured in the stone-pelting in Kashmir in the last two years.“Stone pelting incidents have roughly dropped by 90 percent this year. Earlier, there were 50 incidents of stone pelting reported daily and now there is not even one incident in a week or 10 days”, Dr Shesh Paul Vaid, director general of police, Jammu and Kashmir told DNA.The DGP said credit goes to the people of Kashmir. “You tell me hasn’t situation improved? Credit goes to people”, he said.Sources said demonetization and NIA raids have hit the stone-pelting syndicate and militants hard in Kashmir. Sources said the militants require huge money to pay their cadres, buying logistics, including smartphones, SIM cards and paying for transport and other facilities.Figures reveal that around 12 banks have been looted since demonetization was announced in November last year.NIA raids in the terror funding cases too have dealt a blow to stone pelting because fund flow has suddenly stopped, which has hit the morale of the separatists. “Every transaction is now under watch and every possible financier under surveillance. This has hit the morale of the stone throwers and their backers in the Valley”, said an officer.

PMLA case: ED grills Tejashwi Yadav for nine hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tejashwi Yadav, son of RJD leader Lalu Prasad, was today grilled for?over nine hours for the second time by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering probe in the railway hotels allotment corruption case, official sources said.They said the statement of the former Bihar deputy chief minister was recorded by the investigating officer of the case at the ED office after he arrived there around 11 AM. Tejashwi Yadav left the ED office around 8:45 PM. This is the second time Tejashwi was questioned by the central probe agency in this case. Sources said Tejashwi Yadav was asked about three dozen questions in connection with the case.He was last questioned by the agency on October 10 and was grilled for over nine hours. Since then, Tejashwi has skipped four appearances and appeared today on a fresh summon, they said. The agency has registered a case against Lalu Prasad, his family members and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Tejashwi’s mother and former Bihar chief minister Rabri has skipped the ED summonses at least six times till now.In July, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered an FIR and conducted multiple searches on the properties of Lalu Prasad, who is also a former Bihar chief minister, and others.The CBI FIR has alleged that Lalu Prasad, during his tenure as the railway minister, handed over the maintenance of two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) hotels to a company in 2004 after receiving a bribe in the form of a prime land in Patna through a ‘benami’ company owned by Sarla Gupta, wife of Prem Chand Gupta, a former Union minister.The ED had registered a criminal case against his family members and others under the PMLA, based on the CBI FIR.The CBI recently recorded the statements of Tejashwi and Lalu Prasad in this case. The ED is investigating the alleged “proceeds of crime” generated by the accused, purportedly through shell companies, according to officials.Others named in the CBI FIR include Vijay Kochhar, Vinay Kochhar (both directors of Sujata Hotels), Delight Marketing company, now known as Lara Projects, and the then IRCTC managing director P K Goel. The CBI FIR was registered on July 5 in connection with favours allegedly extended to Sujata Hotels in awarding a contract for the upkeep of the hotels in Ranchi and Puri and receiving premium land as ‘quid pro quo’.

Ryan student murder: Cops under scanner, probing school admin’s role next task for CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After finding the alleged killer of Pradyuman and keeping four cops under a scanner for fudging the evidence, the next task for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is to look into the role of Ryan International School administration.Sources said that the agency will look into the fact whether the school administration was guilty under JJ Act.The school had broken window panes, free access of everyone to the washroom on the ground floor and unfinished boundary walls.The Pintos – owner of the school haven’t been questioned yet and they could be questioned.After facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted that omissions took place on their part during the probe. The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully.The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Last week, the murder case of the seven-year-old student took a new turn after the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurgaon Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child.Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and demanded his six-day custody.The accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father, the CBI had told a juvenile court.The CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams. Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.

Ryan case: CBI probe reveals destruction of evidence by Gurugram Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Investigation in Pradyuman murder case has revealed illegality and destruction of evidence by Gurugram Police, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said on Sunday.Earlier on Wednesday, the murder case of the seven-year-old Ryan International School student took a new turn after the CBI arrested a class 11 student of the same school and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor, who was arrested by the Gurugram Police for the murder and sexual assault of the child. Pradyuman Thakur, was found dead inside the toilet of school premises, with his throat slit on September 8.Earlier, the CBI produced the accused, who is a minor, before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) and demanded his six-day custody.The accused also confessed to his crime in front of his father, the CBI had told a juvenile court. The CBI said that the accused committed the crime in order to postpone the parents-teachers meeting and the exams. Meanwhile, the accused student has been sent to Faridabad observation home where he will be kept until the next hearing in the case on November 22.

Rajasthan: NIA busts fake note exchange gang in Dholpur, three detained

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted a gang and detained three men in Dholpur involved in cheating people on pretext of exchange of Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN). The NIA had been investigating a case and after developing a lead, the men were detained and later handed over to Dholpur police. Moreover the NIA officials even recovered two kilogram gold from the possession of the men.While investigating a case last year, the NIA had learnt that an inter-state gang was active for past several years in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Delhi and West Bengal which used to lure people in exchanging high quality fake Indian currency notes or provide unbilled golf biscuits at throwaway rates. Interestingly the gold recovered by NIA is in shape of biscuits numbering twenty and weighing hundred grams each. The NIA has sent the biscuits for testing to verify the genuineness. While investigating the FICN related case, the NIA had recovered fake currency of face value Rs. 9.80 lakhs on 31st March last year from the possession of Nasir Sheikh near Indo-Bangladesh border. He was arrested on the spot, however his associate from Bangladesh namely Darul Sheikh escaped. A reliable input was received on Saturday that the same Bangladeshi absconder Darul Sheikh along with other associates were trying to strike a deal in fake currency at Dholpur. The NIA teams swung into action and detained three suspects. The accused have been identified as Rashid Khan alias Biza,Gagan Kumar Vyas alias Tiwari and Iqbal Ahmad Ansari. The accused have been handed over to Dholpur police.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Killers will 100% be caught in a few weeks, says Karnataka Home Minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh’s killers will “100% be caught” in a few weeks, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said on Saturday.Reddy said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing had clues about the assailants, but those could not be disclosed at the moment.”Who has done it…I am aware of it thanks to an update provided by the SIT. But I cannot disclose it now,” he said at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club of Bangalore and the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild.The Karnataka Home Minister said it was “one issue” whether Gauri Lankesh was killed by left-wing or right-wing extremists or whether it was because of “some other thinking”.Gauri Lankesh, who was known for her anti-right wing views, was shot dead by unidentified assailants outside her home on the night of September 5.The murder led to a national outrage and protests by several groups over “rising intolerance” in the country, with the criticism targeted at the BJP-led central government and right-wing groups.The SIT had last month released three sketches of the two suspects in the case. The SIT also released a video of the recce done by the suspects. The man who shot her had arrived at the scene on a motorcycle with another man and was wearing a motorcycle helmet when the murder took place.On October 4, Karnataka home minister Ramalinga Reddy said the SIT had identified the killers and had clues but that police was trying to collect proper evidence.The Congress government in Karnataka, which constituted the SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) BK Singh, has also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone providing clues about the killers.Gauri Lankesh edited the anti-establishment Gauri Lankesh Patrike. Her killing was very similar to the earlier killings of the rationalists and activists Govind Pansare, Narendra Dabholkar, and MM Kalburgi who were equally critical of the right wing.The journalist’s family has made a plea not to give a political colour to her killing. They had said the investigators should look into all possible aspects of the case, as reports had emerged about a possible Naxal hand in the crime, besides the suspected involvement of right-wing extremists.

Woman raped, blackmailed over job offer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 38-year-old woman lodged a complaint against her former neighbour at Odhav police station on Friday stating he raped and blackmailed her on the pretext of providing a job.The woman stated that she divorced from her husband 10 years back and returned to her parents’ place in Odhav with her son. She has been living there ever since.The complaint stated that while she was searching for a job two years back, she came in contact with the accused Sanjay Vyas (40). He offered her a job at his medical wholesale shop and took her to a guesthouse in Naroda where he not only raped her but also made a video of it.On the basis of the video, he has been blackmailing her and raping her for the past two years, the complaint stated.Two days back, Sanjay took her to Tulsi Guesthouse in Odhav. This time, the complaint states she managed to flee and lodged a rape complaint.CB Tandel, Inspector of Odhav police station, said, “We have nabbed the accused on Friday night from his house. Further investigation regarding the case is on.”

Ryan case: We erred, admit cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing flak from all quarters, the Haryana Police accepted on Saturday that omissions took place on their part during the probe into the murder of seven-year-old Ryan International School student, Pradyuman Thakur.Gurugram Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar called a meeting of the first investigating team, which had arrested bus conductor Ashok Kumar and declared him a paedophile, to pull the officers up. The team members admitted that they erred.The cops also admitted that they didn’t watch the closed circuit television (CCTV) footage carefully. The initial eight seconds of the footage shows the now accused teenager calling Pradyuman to the washroom. The team members, however, remained silent on exactly how they made this grave error.Khirwar then slammed the cops and sought an explanation for the botched-up probe. He also sought a complete inquiry report on the matter and the exact details of the police officers who analysed the CCTV footage. He further sought to know what circumstantial evidence led the team to declare Ashok as the murderer.Also, the Class XI student, now accused of having murdered Pradyuman, was taken to the scene of crime, where the incident was recreated. Another student, teachers, and staff were also called to the scene.”The CBI team used a giant stuffed teddy bear in place of Pradyuman and directed the accused student to recreate the entire sequence of events,” a senior CBI officer said, adding that teachers and staff members were interrogated about the murder. The agency sleuths remained in the premises for three-and-a-half hours to collect evidence and identify witnesses in the case.A juvenile court has sent the accused to the Faridabad observation home, where he will remain till November 22.Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started probing whether the first team deliberately implicated the bus conductor.The agency’s initial probe into the matter indicated that “evidences were planted” to make the it appear as if Ashok was the killer.According to the CBI investigation, the cops planted a blood-soaked knife in Ashok’s possession and also tortured bus driver Saurav Raghav, to make him accept that there was a knife in the bus tool box. In a statement before the CBI, Raghav had said that on September 6, he cleaned the toolbox and there was no knife in it. He had also pointed out that if someone kept a knife in the toolbox, it would have been captured by one of the two cameras in the bus.The Gurugram Police had further claimed that Ashok had taken the knife from the bus toolkit and was cleaning it in the school washroom when he chanced upon Pradyuman.Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of Ryan International School, with his throat slit, on September 8.Botched-up probe by haryana policeAccording to the CBI, the cops planted a blood-soaked knife in Ashok’s possession and also tortured bus driver Saurav RaghavThe cops had claimed that Ashok had taken the knife from the bus toolkit to clean when he chanced upon Pradyuman

About 100 Keralites suspected to have joined ISIS: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 100 Keralites are suspected to have joined the Islamic State over the years, police said on Saturday. The Kerala Police has collected evidence in this regard, including over 300 voice clips and messages from WhatsApp, telegram messaging applications and other social media platforms, sources here told PTI. The latest proof was an audio clip from a woman, wherein she can be heard informing her kin here about the death of her husband, who had joined ISIS. The woman can be heard saying her husband Shajil was killed recently in the ‘jihadi war’. According to the audio clip, she and her two children are still in Syria, the sources said.The woman can be heard telling her kin that many Keralite women, who have lost their husbands, and their children are in Syria, they said. The voice clip was received by Shajil’s brother. Police have another audio clip from one Qayoom, whose photos in the ISIS uniform are available on the Internet, the source said. Three men with suspected links with ISIS were arrested in the district on October 25.
ALSO READ Why is Kerala a fertile land for the ISIS?The trio, who had left Kerala years ago, were suspected to have visited Syria and reportedly received training from the terror outfit, police said.Police had also seized photocopies of tickets and visa, proving that they visited Syria, the source added. The arrested were identified as Mithilaj, Abdul Razzak and Rashid, all of whom belonged to the district.The National Investigation Agency is probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined ISIS. Among them, 17 are from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Killers will be caught 100 per cent in few weeks, says Karnataka minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The killers of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead in an audacious attack here over two months ago, would “100 per cent” be nabbed in a few weeks, Karnataka Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy said on Saturday.He said the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the killing had clues about the assailants, but those could not be disclosed at the moment.”Who has done it…I am aware of it thanks to an update provided by the SIT. But I cannot disclose it now,” Reddy said at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Press Club of Bangalore and the Bangalore Reporters’ Guild here.”Gauri’s killers will 100 per cent be caught. This will happen in a few weeks,” he added.The minister, however, clarified, “Weeks do not mean one or two weeks. It (the arrest of the killers) will happen in a matter of a few weeks. This will happen 100 per cent.”Reddy said whether Lankesh was killed by left-wing or right-wing extremists or was it due to “some other thinking” was “one issue”.Lankesh, known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unidentified assailants outside her residence here on the night of September 5.The killing had led to a national outrage and protests by several groups over “rising intolerance” in the country and attempts to muzzle dissent, with the criticism targeted at the BJP-led central government and right-wing groups.Reddy had made similar claims about the SIT having gathered “some clues” in connection with the case earlier too.The Congress government in Karnataka, which constituted the SIT headed by Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) B K Singh, has also announced a reward of Rs 10 lakh for anyone providing clues about the perpetrators of the crime.As the killing gave way to a political slugfest, Lankesh’s family had made a plea not to give a political colour to it.They had said the investigators should look into all possible aspects of the case, as reports had emerged about a possible Naxal hand in the crime, besides the suspected involvement of right-wing extremists.

CBI opposes Karti Chidambaram plea to go to Cambridge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If Karti Chidambaram is allowed to travel abroad, we fear he may not return, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme court on Thursday.Sharing their apprehension, the CBI, through its counsel additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, opposed Chidambaram’s appeal to travel to Cambridge to attend a lecture and a meeting.Mehta’s submission cane after the bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, perused a report by the agency, highlighting material found during the investigation.”The incident in June-July coupled with the vehemence with which he insists on going again inspires no confidence,” Mehta told a bench that also consisted Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.

Ryan School murder: CBI says 16-year-old confessed to crime, accused taken to ‘certain place’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Class 11 student of Ryan International School, apprehended by the CBI for allegedly killing a seven-year-old student, has confessed to his crime in front of his father and an independent witness, the agency has claimed before a juvenile court here.To corroborate the 16-year-old student’s statement, CBI sleuths took him to a “certain place” on Thursday, the first day of his three-day remand.A special crime team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is questioning him, remained tight-lipped about the exercise, saying it could affect the probe.The juvenile court in Gurgaon on Wednesday sent the student to three days’ CBI custody. He is being kept at the Sewa Kutir, a child welfare home, at Kingsway Camp, from where he was brought to the CBI headquarters in Delhi at 10.45 in the morning.The CBI has been directed by the court to carry on questioning for seven hours between 10 in the morning to five in the evening during the custody period.The agency said that his custodial interrogation was needed to ascertain if there were other people involved in the crime.The confession of the student has little meaning as of now as such statements need to be recorded before a court under Section 164 of the CrPC. The agency said his statement was yet to be recorded under CrPC Section 164.CBI sources said the agency is still investigating the case and that admission of crime is just the beginning of a process of collecting corroborative forensic and legally tenable evidence.The agency also wants the teenager to identify the shop from where he had purchased the knife used to slit throat of Pradhuman, a Class 2 student, on September 8, the agency told the court.The CBI said the interrogation was needed to reconstruct the scene of crime, to unearth conspiracy, if any, and to collect any other evidence related to the case.”He has admitted his involvement in committing the murder of…In ground floor boys washroom of Ryan International School…In presence of his father…, independent witness, welfare officer of the CBI, etc.,” the note said.In a sensational twist to the case, the agency announced on Wednesday that it had apprehended a senior student of Ryan International School on Tuesday night in connection with the murder of Pradhuman rejecting the Gurugram police’s theory that the killing was the handiwork of school bus conductor Ashok Kumar.The CBI has said that there was no evidence against Kumar so far.According to the agency, the Class 11 student, believed to be weak in his studies, allegedly slit Pradhuman’s throat to get the school to declare a holiday in order to defer a scheduled parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and an examination.The agency did not find any evidence of sexual assault, a CBI spokesperson had yesterday.The CBI was able to piece together elements of the crime by analysing CCTV footage, scientific and forensic examination, analysis of the crime scene and by questioning students, teachers and staff members of the school.Based on CCTV footage and crime scene analysis, the agency examined all potential suspects and witnesses. The list included 125 teachers and students, sources said.​

CBI filed 84 cases of illicit note exchange

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered 84 cases, including 7 Preliminary Enquiries, and unearthed Rs 396 crore relating to illicit currency exchange that took place after the government announced demonetization of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes an year ago.The 84 cases, involving 183 public servants, are related to fraudulent exchange of demonetised notes at commercial banks, co-operative banks, post offices, railways and insurance companies.Besides, 124 persons have also been found involved. Of them, 26 have been arrested. The agency has acted on more than 500 references received from general public and other agencies.CBI also conducted joint surprise checks on banks and other companies. After one year of demonetization, the government is celebrating it as “anti-black money day” while Opposition has termed it as a “black day”.During investigation, CBI has so far arrested 21 public servants and 26 private persons out of 307 accused (including public servants & private persons) found to be involved in these cases.Demonetised and new currency worth crores and large number of incriminating documents have been recovered so far. Chargesheet has been filed in 12 cases and regular department action has also been recommended in a few cases.”Some private individuals were nabbed with huge amounts of new currency. Since the restrictions on individuals in terms of withdrawals of new currency, investigation is to find out how they could come in possession of such amounts. The ongoing investigation is expected to reveal involvement of more public servants,” CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.According to CBI, a total 59 cases have been registered mainly the fraudulent exchange of old currency notes that took place at commercial and cooperative bans, followed by Post Offices where 18 cases have been registered.Five cases have been registered against Railways and one against an Insurance Department employee.”Several shell companies were identified during the course of investigations. Concerned law enforcement agencies have been informed of these shell companies for action on their part. Misuse of Aadhaar cards or numbers of children was found in certain cases to deposit old notes. Some Cooperative banks were used by unscrupulous individuals to exchange ill gotten and undeclared money kept in cash,” CBI sources said.The CBI claimed that it was ensured that every information related to such violation of laws should be entertained and examined and if required, cases should be registered. The agency received 92 complaints from the general public which reported such illegal exchanges in various organisations, it said.Several agencies like Income Tax, Enforcement Directorate and the CBI have seized demonetised currency with face value in crores in the last one year and arrested several persons attempting to exchange their ill-gotten money or those helping them for the purpose after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016 declared Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes as “invalid tender”.

You looked away when organised plunder was happening: Nirmala Sitharaman attacks Manmohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nirmala Sitharaman joined the bandwagon of top BJP leaders who have led a blistering attack against former PM Manmohan Singh for criticising GST and demonetization. It was the time of Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday, who had attacked Manmohan Singh for staying silent during the scam ridden UPA years. Expressing anguish over Singh dubbing demonetisation as an “organised loot and legalised plunder”, Sitharaman on demonetization anniversary deplored usage of such “strong words” by him against the move, which was aimed at strengthening the economy and held no personal gain for anyone. “Actually organised plunder and legalised loot kept happening when he was the Prime Minister,” she told reporters at Tamil Nadu BJP party headquarters ‘Kamalalayam’ here.Referring to scams, including the 2G spectrum and the cases related to it in courts, she said though these happened during Manmohan Singh’s regime, “he did not talk about it and …(it appeared) as if he looked elsewhere”.
ALSO READ From monumental blunder to 2G, CWG loot: Manmohan Singh and Arun Jaitley spar over state of economy She said “he (Singh) was only a tool (nimitha matra) and somebody was directing him from behind.” “I have nothing but anguish, it is very anguishing…. I am unable to describe him by using strong words that he used (to comment on note ban),” the minister, who was here to take part in Tamil Nadu BJP’s anti-black money day events, said. She said Singh had not even constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe black money as directed by the Supreme Court.The BJP government’s first step was to constitute the SIT after assuming power at the centre, she said. “Where is legalised plunder happening? Dr Manmohan Singh, I am very disappointed,” she said. The Defence Minister said the government has been very transparent and has also explained why demonetisation was done. On Congress asking if demonetisation was a success, she said, “All the money that was deposited (in banks following note ban) was not white money.”
ALSO READ Manmohan Singh, like Rahul, reading scripts written by someone else: RS PrasadAbout Rs 2,000 crore were deposited even in accounts that had a negative balance and such cash was withdrawn too and action was taken in this regard to battle black money, she claimed. Sitharaman claimed that note ban resulted in stone- pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir coming down to 600 last year from more than 4,000 before demonetisation. Bereft of black money, terror elements were trying to rob banks in Jammu and Kashmir to get cash, she said.With agency inputs

Ryan School murder: Class XI student sent to 3-day CBI custody, Pradyuman’s family demands capital punishment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Class XI student arrested in connection with the murder of Pradyuman was sent to 3-day CBI remand by a Gurugram court. He will be questioned by the CBI in presence of a member of the Juvenile Justice Board.Meanwhile, reacting to the news Pradyuman’s family’s lawyer demanded strict punishment and said that he should be tried as an adult and hanged. While according to the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, individuals under 18 can’t be given capital punishment, minors between the age of 16 and 18, can be tried as adults for heinous crimes.He also said that they believed it was a larger conspiracy and the CBI should file a charge-sheet soon. He added the CBI hadn’t given a clean chit to the Pinto family yet.In the latest development to the Pradyuman murder case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday trashed the probe by the Gurugram police and gave a clean chit to the bus conductor arrested with the charges of murder and sexual assault in connection with the case.The CBI has ruled out the sexual assault theory in the case. “No sexual assault theory came out during our investigation,” stated the CBI.The cold-blooded murder case of the seven-year-old Pradyuman Thakur took a new dimension after a Class 11 student of the school was arrested by the CBI on Tuesday night. An official statement by the agency reads: “CBI has apprehended a child in conflict with law, a student of senior class at Ryan International School, Gurugram in an ongoing case relating to the murder of the seven-year-old boy.”It said, “Initial investigation revealed the child in conflict of law wanted to have the examination and parent teacher meeting in school postponed.”CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal told ANI, “The arrest was made after a thorough investigation was conducted based on scientific evidences, including inspection of the scene of crime, forensic analysis, analysis of CCTV and call records.”Pradyuman, a class II student of the school, was found dead with his throat slit by a sharp-edged weapon on the morning of September 8.The weapon used in the crime has been seized.”We have come to the conclusion on the basis of CCTV, forensic evidence and scientific evidence. The student has been apprehended. He remains our prime suspect,” the spokesperson said.The juvenile student, who is about 16 years old, was apprehended late last night and his parents were kept in the loop all through, the agency said.Police in Gurgaon had arrested school bus conductor, Ashok Kumar, for the crime the same day. With inputs from agencies

India student arrested for murder of child at Gurgaon school

The seven-year-old victim was killed at a prominent school in Gurgaon, near Delhi, on 8 September.

CBI Spl Director in list of paid-off beneficiaries: Prashant Bhushan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan on Tuesday alleged that Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Director Rakesh Asthana’s name has appeared in the list of pay-off ‘beneficiaries’ in a diary seized from Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech, and released the relevant pages from the said diary.Bhushan has also filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court claiming that Asthana’s appointment to the position was illegal. The petition alleges that CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma had objected to elevation as he was being investigated in a corruption case.The veteran lawyer, who was part of the anti-corruption movement that put the Aam Aadmi Party in power in Delhi, said the CBI registered a case against Gujarat-based Sansesara group company Sterling Biotech Limited, its directors, chartered accountant and the then director of Andhra Bank for allegedly cheating public sector banks of Rs 5,383 crore. He said that the FIR mentions that on June 28, 2011, the Income Tax department had conducted a search and seizure under Section 132 during which incriminating documentary evidence was seized from the group’s premises in Mumbai and Vadodara.As per the FIR, a “Diary 2011” detailed the monthly payouts to income tax officials, several police officers, and politicians in Gujarat.The FIR states that “The documents seized revealed that the Sandesara group has been acting as a depository for receiving funds on behalf of persons including public servants…. (and) showed corruption of various public servants including three senior IRS officers”.SC PILSenior advocate Prashant Bhushan had also filed a PIL in the Supreme Court claiming Asthana’s appointment as the CBI Special Director was illegal.

CBI, ED should register case against Sonia Gandhi: Subramanian Swamy on letters revealed by Jaya Jaitly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Monday urged the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to register a case against Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the basis of letters revealed by former Samata Party President Jaya Jaitly, which were purportedly written by Gandhi to former finance minister P. Chidambaram.”CBI can register a case in the preventional corruption act because she(Sonia Gandhi) wrote the letter under the official title of the chairman of the National Advisory Council and ED can file a case of money laundering. Both Chidambaram and Manmohan Singh are equally culpable because they had assisted in the commission of the crime,” he said.The former Union Minister claimed that he had released a similar letter two years ago, but nobody took it seriously at that time.”I had released a similar letter two years ago, which was written by Sonia Gandhi, the then chairman of the National advisory council to Dr Manmohan Singh, the then Prime Minister of India to save Tejpal (former editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine) from all the cases that were piled on by the NDA govt,” Swamy said.”It was a total open brazen interference. At that stage, nobody took it seriously. I supposed that people didn’t go deep into the issue since it was me, a politician releasing those letters. I am glad now that the letter addressed to Chidambaram is in a new form,” he added.Author Jaya Jaitly, through a series of letters in her memoir due to be released on Tuesday, suggested that the UPA-led government in 2004, and particularly Gandhi was involved in facilitating the framing of corruption charges against her.The book hints at the links between Gandhi and the Tehelka news portal, particularly in the Tehelka sting ‘Operation Westend.’

NIA urges court to attach Naik’s assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday approached the NIA Court pleading it to attach some properties of Islamic Research Foundation’s (IRF) founder Zakir Naik, claiming that a proclamation notice was issued against him and thus it was essential to attach his properties. This plea was opposed by the defence claiming it was illegal. The court is yet to pass orders in the application.NIA in their plea claimed that he was declaimed as a proclaimed offence in June 2017 and thus under the proclamation act, it was essential to attach his properties.The list given by the NIA includes the controversial televangelist’s properties in Mazgaon. Naik owns two flats in Maria heights, two flats in Jasmine apartments and one in Crystal residency.The defence however challenged the issuance of the proclaimation order. They claimed the order was illegal as there was no proper procedure followed and thus the demand made by the NIA deserves to be rejected.The court would pass orders on the application on the next date. Meanwhile Arshi Qureshi, who was arrested in the same matter as a preacher, was denied bail by the court on Monday.A case had been registered against Naik in November 2016 under Sections 153A of Indian Penal Code and Sections 10, 13 and 18 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. IRF has already been declared as an Unlawful Association by Government of India as per a notification dated November 17, 2016.

Govt freezes 58,000 bank accounts of 35K shell cos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The noose around shell companies has tightened as the government has banned 58,000 bank accounts of 35,000 alleged shell companies who have deposited and withdrawn over Rs 17,000 crore during since demonetization.The move is part of a massive ongoing drive during which 2.24 lakh companies have so far been struck off. These corporations had been inactive for two years or more.After receiving inputs from 56 banks, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs restricted the operation of the bank accounts of the shell companies.These companies were not disclosing their financial details such as tax returns. Directors associated with these companies have been barred from banking transactions.In one case, a company which had a negative opening balance on November 8, 2016, deposited and withdrew Rs 2,484 crore after demonetization.Another company was found to have as many as 2,134 accounts.The Ministry of Finance said, “Apart from restrictions on bank accounts, action has also been taken to restrict the sale and transfer of the companies’ moveable and immovable properties until they are restored.”The state governments have also been advised to take necessary action by disallowing the registration of such transactions.The Directorate of Investigation, Kolkata, has busted a massive black money racket and identified 64,811 beneficiaries and shell companies involving bogus tax exemption of nearly Rs 38,000 crores through listed companies. The first detailed report on shell companies, prepared by the DDIT (Investigation) led by Dhruv Purari Singh, IRS, has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in 2015. After this report, the PMO constituted a Special Task Force under the joint chairmanship of Revenue Secretary and Secretary, Corporate Affairs, to monitor the drive against defaulting companies, with the help of various agencies. The Special Task Force has so far met five times and has initiated action against several defaulting companies.The information about these suspect companies has been shared with enforcement agencies including the CBDT, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIUs-Ind), Department of Financial Services and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for further action. Companies have also been identified for investigation under the Companies Act, 2013, and necessary operation is underway including criminal prosecution.To curb black money, the government has taken various steps. RoC has disqualified directors on the board of such companies that have failed to file financial statements or Annual Returns for a continuous period of three fiscal years, during 2013-14 to 2015-16. Around 3.09 lakh directors have been affected by this action. A preliminary inquiry has shown that there are over 3,000 disqualified directors in more than 20 companies, which is beyond the limit prescribed by the company law.It was recently that the SFIO authorised the director, additional director and assistant director to arrest any person believed to be guilty of any fraud punishable under Section 447 of the Act, which defines fraud, stringent punishment including imprisonment up to 10 years is stipulated. The SFIO will also house a software application, to be developed soon, put in place an ‘Early Warning System’.The government has also constituted a high-level committee to suggest the revamp of the disciplinary systems against Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries and Cost Accountants. The government is also planning to set up a National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA), an independent body, to test check financial statements, prescribe accounting standards and to take disciplinary action against errant professionals.THE BIG CATCH64,811
The Directorate of Investigation, Kolkata, has busted a massive black money racket and identified 64,811 beneficiaries and shell companies involving bogus tax exemption of nearly Rs 38,000 crores.

Terrorists slit throat of BJP’s Kashmir leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists brutally killed a BJP district youth president by slitting his throat at Shopian on Wednesday. Gowhar Ahmad Bhat was abducted from his home at Kellora village at 6 pm and his body was recovered from the neighboring village.Bhat had played a crucial role in organizing the first youth convention held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium last month, in which thousands of workers had participated, according to Altaf Thakur, BJP’s media secretary in J&K.”Terrorists killed civilian Gowhar Ahmed in Shopian. Investigation has started,” tweeted SP Pani, Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir range.A search operation has been launched to hunt down terrorists responsible for the act and reinforcements have been rushed to the area to augment the forces on ground. BJP state general secretary and Jammu and Kashmir in-charge Dr Narendra Singh condemned Gowhar’s killing, calling it a cowardly act.This is the second such incident in two weeks in Shopian district.

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